SPECIAL CONNECTIONS

At St. James, we offer unique worship, service, and fellowship opportunities for our friends with special needs.
We offer adaptive and inclusive options. Contact us today to learn more.

Sunday Mornings

St James realizes the importance of families being able to attend Sunday worship TOGETHER.  Therefore, accommodations are available at the 11:00am Sunday worship service that will allow those living with disabilities the opportunity to worship in community and learn about the love of Christ.

Preschool - Elementary

St James provides adaptive Sunday School programs for all ages. Children's Sunday School, appropriately called “God’s Party”, has structured curriculum and provides an environment that fosters success. Through song, Bible stories & more, God’s Party is about celebrating God’s love for all of us.

Integration Options

All of our Sunday School programs listed are self-contained, but integration into a typical classroom setting or service is available with or without a companion for those who would succeed in such an environment. Contact us to learn more.


Youth - Adulthood

The JOYS Sunday School class provides exciting, adaptive curriculum that teaches about God’s love, acceptance, and His desires for our lives. This Sunday School class begins in the main sanctuary to enjoy the opening songs and prayer in our typical worship service and then moves to a classroom to begin the day's lesson.

Sunday School Zoom Option

Our JOYS Sunday school gathers digitally via Zoom with those on campus so that we can all have the opportunity to be with friends, share prayer requests, have Bible study, and pray for one another during these times of COVID. We will continue to offer this option until we can all gather again physically. No registration or prior attendance required for our Zoom option. 

Monthly and Seasonal Opportunities

All Special Connections monthly and seasonal opportunities are an outreach of St. James, Special Connections, and the Bridge and are open to ALL families in the Tampa community and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

JOYS Monthly Programming

18 years and older

JOYS is the centerpiece of our adult programming. We typically meet the second Friday monthly. We currently meet from 7-8pm on Zoom for fellowship, fun, singing, games, and discipleship.

UPCOMING DATES
November 12
December 3

We hope to get back to in person gatherings soon. This is contingent on COVID restrictions.

ADULT CHOIR

18 years and older

The JOYS Choir fosters an atmosphere of community, acceptance, and teamwork where our members use their voices to express themselves through music. Our JOYS Choir typically leads our worship set at our monthly JOYS gatherings as well as during traditional worship service at times throughout the year. The JOYS Choir is open to all adults with special needs.

NEW - FUSION INCLUSIVE YOUTH 

Fusion Inclusive is our brand new reverse inclusive youth group that will be starting soon. Through fellowship, service, and fun youth in 6th through 12th grade are invited to enjoy a fun, social opportunity just for them. Fusion will offer both onsite and offsite opportunities for fellowship and service. A parent orientation is required prior to your youth's/family’s enrollment so we can be sure to learn all we can about our new friend before his/her first day.

UPCOMING DATES
Coming Soon!

Start date is contingent on COVID restrictions.
Check back often for more information.



FRIENDZONE

FriendZone is a monthly  special needs respite program that provides parents and caregivers a time of refreshment on designated Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm. Through art, music, games, and other activities, children ages 2 through 5th grade enjoy a fun, social opportunity facilitated by trained and background checked adult and youth volunteers. A parent orientation is required prior to your child’s/family’s enrollment so we can learn all we can about our newest friend prior to arrival.

UPCOMING DATES
Coming Soon!

Restart date is contingent on COVID restrictions.
Check back often for more information.


Contact Us

Director of Fellowship & Special Connections